Dylan Schilt, a Laramie resident, was out in the backcountry of Wyoming archery hunting when he recovered a lost GoPro camera. The footage on it was surprisingly of a black bear either playing with or trying to eat the device. Apparently, it had already been sitting there for 4-months after being lost by someone snowmobiling, which explains the snow, before Dylan was able to retrieve the camera. Read more for the bear footage and additional information.
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Video games, like Street Fighter V, already feature some realistic-looking characters, or at least compared to previous installments. However, they don’t look human enough to say the least, but that may actually be a good thing. Using the AI-powered StyleCLIP technology, models of these characters can be fed into the system and then transformed into their photorealistic counterparts. Read more for a video and additional examples.
French aerospace engineer and astronaut Thomas Pesquet recently posted a video showing what it’s like to have a pizza party aboard the International Space Station. He documented astronauts making and enjoying the pizza in zero gravity, especially the skill required to place floating toppings on the pie. Fortunately, the crusts are pre-baked, but everything else can be customized before being heated in a space oven. Read more for the video and additional information.
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks, scientists may have discovered the real-life equivalent of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. These two were spotted by a remotely-operated vehicle from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer ship more than a mile beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface. Sponges are a common sight in the ocean, as there are more than 8,500 species, but rarely do they resemble a cartoon character. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Australian researchers have discovered the remnants of an ancient submarine volcano in the Indian Ocean that looks oddly similar to the “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It was detected using a multi-beam sonar at a depth of 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) beneath Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) ocean research vessel RV Investigator approximately 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Christmas Island. Read more for two more pictures, additional information and a bonus video.
Squirrels may be nice to observe in the wild, but when they’re sneaking around your backyard looking for food, especially from the bird feeder, things could get messy. Former NASA engineer Mark Rober came up with a creative solution…a Ninja Warrior-style maze that leads them to a nice treat. Will these small rodents be able to figure out all of the quirks and get rewarded by Fort Knuts? The result may actually surprise you. Read more for the video and additional information.
Soya no Sohi, also known as Azusa Gakuyuki on Twitter, gained thousands of fans on social media platforms as a young motorcycle enthusiast traveling the scenic roadways of northern Japan. This social media influencer traversed through mountains, beaches and the countryside on Yamaha sport bikes. What most did not know is that Soya was actually Yasuo Nakajima, a 50-year-old man who used the AI-powered FaceApp to transform his face in every shot. Read more for a video and additional information.
Have you seen the NVIDIA RTX 4090 and 4090ti graphics cards floating around social media today? If so, this is something you won’t be able to buy, as it’s just an April Fools’ Day prank. Denmark-based PC builder Kasper Andersen normally takes old parts and turns them into something new, but due to the GPU shortage, he decided to come up with something fun. The result was a massive next-generation graphics card called the RTX 4090. Read more for a video.
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A teenager from Thailand thought he was getting a steal on a used iPhone, but when it finally arrived, there was no smartphone to be found, just one of the strangest (or coolest) coffee tables yet. The extremely large box was the first sign that something didn’t seem right, and after opening it up, the iPhone-shaped table appeared. On the bright side, the table does appear to be well crafted, including the Touch ID sensor and front-facing selfie camera hole. Read more for another picture.
Remember Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign that ran from 2006 to 2009? The ones that opened to a minimalist all-white background, and a man dressed in casual clothes introduces himself as an Apple Macintosh computer (Justin Long), while a man in a more formal suit-and-tie combination introduces himself as a Microsoft Windows personal computer (John Hodgman). Now, Intel has hired the former to point out a few shortcomings of Macs, or at least what Intel thinks. Read more for the video and additional information.